How do I protect outdoor plants during the winter?


I have a number of potted plants and a lemon tree in a tub, I will leave them outdoors but would like them to be safe over the winter, please suggest...

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Oct 19, 2019
    If they are not rated for your region it will be very hard to save them. I'd talk to your local nursery to get their suggestions. Maybe you can cut them back and move the smaller one to garage. No sure how severe your winters are so call a nursery for better suggestions.


  • Gk Gk on Oct 19, 2019

    Tell us what area of the country you live in Portia so we can give you some suggestions.

    Where I live NOTHING I plant in a pot stays outside in the winter!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 19, 2019

    How cold in temperature does it get where you live during the winter?

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Oct 19, 2019

    Agree with these responses. I'm on Long Island and occasionally some more warm-weather loving plants in tubs can survive outside IF they're thoroughly wrapped in burlap and protected from the wind and under an overhang. We managed to save a braided stemmed Hibiscus I didn't want to lose by somehow getting it indoors and into an unused room for the Winter, where it promptly dropped all of its leaves. However, it still made it through the Winter and leafed out again in early Spring--flowered again when we took it back outside. The next year we put the pot on wheels to save our backs, but it was still difficult. You can create a bit of a greenhouse-effect around your lemon tree but it should still be sheltered - in a shed, gazebo, up against the house and thoroughly wrapped and protected. Good luck with it--it's nice to preserve plants for the next flowering season.